Thanking our volunteers

by Adrian Steel, Director 

BPMA invited all its volunteers to a reception on Wednesday evening to say ‘thank you’ for all the hours of time and effort given willingly and free of charge to help in our work.

Volunteering England define volunteering as:

…any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives. Central to this definition is the fact that volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual. This can include formal activity undertaken through public, private and voluntary organisations as well as informal community participation.

At BPMA we think there is a lot more to it than conveyed by this simple definition. Volunteering should mean something to the individual concerned; we know it does to those who come here to BPMA. It should be enjoyable, there should be some feeling of achievement or progress as a result of what is done. A volunteer should feel part of a group, not just a lone individual. Above all a volunteer should feel appreciated.

BPMA is well aware that volunteers can make a difference to our organisation, and we’re hoping to extend both the number of volunteers we work with and the range of things they do in the coming months. Our major plans for a new home at Swindon will present substantial opportunities for volunteering, including meeting our visitors and helping to explain the wealth of postal heritage we care for. Not only do volunteers do useful jobs in the short or long term for BPMA, they act as ambassadors for us and what we stand for. All volunteers who came to our event, and those that could not, are greatly appreciated by our organisation – thank you!

As a token of our thanks Julian Barker, BPMA Trustee, presented a gift and a ‘thank you’ certificate to everyone attending on the evening.

Don Staddon, who has been working with our philatelic collection for more than 20 years.

Don Staddon, who has been working with our philatelic collection for more than 20 years.

Richard West, a well known figure in British philately, is another long-serving BPMA volunteer.

Richard West, a well known figure in British philately, is another long-serving BPMA volunteer.

Birgit Kertscher, who came to the BPMA from the Museum of Ethnography, Dresden with the express desire of learning a British cataloguing system. She also undertook collection handling, working with part of our large collection of slogan dies.

Birgit Kertscher, who came to the BPMA from the Museum of Ethnography, Dresden with the express desire of learning a British cataloguing system. She also undertook collection handling, working with part of our large collection of slogan dies.

Glenn Morgan, who has most recently been working with the pillar box collection at our Museum Store.

Glenn Morgan, who has most recently been working with the pillar box collection at our Museum Store.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the BPMA find our more on out website.

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